The following post is submitted by Tracy Schlater from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, a non-profit organization in North America which provides resources and training to individuals and communities to conduct farm safety awareness and education programs. Today’s topic talks about sharing the road with tractors and other farm equipment.
Spring has arrived most places here in North America and with it comes farmers eager to get into the fields – a drive through the country proves it. Tractors are already shuffling discs and anhydrous ammonia between fields. It won’t be long and they’ll be pulling planters down the road.
Safety is a two-way street. The implement operators need to be mindful of their size and speed. And other vehicles who share the road with farm equipment need to give these massive machines the respect they demand.
Whether you’re behind the wheel of a tractor or a passenger vehicle, remember these tips:
- Obey all traffic laws
- Slow down
- Give others plenty of space
- Use your signals
- Put your cell phone away
For more information on rural roadway safety, visit Farm Safety 4 Just Kids at www.fs4jk.org.
What are some other important safety tips to remember about sharing the road?